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    Post your main operating system, then try and find 3 pros and 3 cons.
    I'll start.

    Slackware:

    +Stable as hell
    +Fun to mess around with
    +Manual dependencies

    -Infrequent releases
    -Not newbie-friendly
    -Old packages in default installation (still on firefox 4.0)
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    Windows 7 x64 Home:

    +Stable
    +Supports all my hardware
    +Compatible with 99% of the software I'd use even on a very irregular basis

    -Can't customise quite like Linux / Android
    -Paying for it
    -Not compatible with a domain :sad:
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    OS X Snow Leopard:
    +Stable
    +Pretty
    +UNIX based OS with MS Office & Adobe Suite - perfect

    -More locked down than Linux
    -Only works on computers with an apple on the front
    -Not a large amount of freeware (especially in the app store)


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    Kubuntu 12.04 64 bit

    -No unity
    -ALL THE SHORTCUTS
    -Pretty easy to use
    -Steam is coming
    -extraordinarily fun to break and go solution hunting when bored
    -more customization than windows or mac
    -runs smoother than windows

    -apparently not as customizable as other distros
    -Not as many games
    -Less commercial support.

    Win xp sp3
    -Games
    -MS Office (no format shifts like with libre office
    -Not vista

    -Old

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    Windows 7

    More software availability
    Everything just works, and always works
    Games


    It's no Linux
    it's made by evil Microsoft
    Slows down over time
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    I have Mountain Lion and Windows 7 on separate partitions on this laptop. I wouldn't really call either of them my "main" OS, I seem to use them equally.

    Mountain Lion:
    Pros
    - Extremely fast, and easy to use the standard functions without worrying that something will get messed up. Very "child-friendly". Doesn't crash often.
    - Much more aesthetically pleasing in general, which extends to things created on a Mac as well (slide shows, movies, graphics, music, posters, presentations etc.)
    - iCloud service offers the best synchronisation of photos, calendars, contacts, notes, reminders etc. between several devices that I've ever seen.

    Cons
    - Far fewer options and functions e.g. have to go into the Terminal (equivalent of command prompt) in order to hide files or folders, and even then only one at a time.
    - One crash (due to trying to delete too much from Trash at once) corrupted the whole OS and required reinstallation.
    - Lots of compatibility issues e.g. Can't access Hotmail (properly). from within Mail App or even Microsoft Outlook. Sometimes difficult to find a piece of compatible software with a specific function in mind. Apps from App store aren't very good, and are very limited.


    Windows 7:
    Pros
    - More software and hardware availability and compatibility (esp. games), and much more freedom to install anything I want to, or to create my own software.
    - Many intricate tweaks and options are available, to customise it to behave exactly as you want it to.
    - Everybody uses it. Easier to find answers to questions or problems. Familiarity with this OS is pretty much necessary to survive nowadays.

    Cons
    - Seems to be getting slower with time, and to crash more often, for various reasons (easier for undesirable software to install itself, uninstalling something doesn't always entirely get rid of all traces of it, inefficient use of hardware resources etc.)
    - So many different settings, system files and processes with unintuitive names that it is difficult to remember what does what. Easy for something to go wrong and not be able to work out how to fix it, easy to delete something that turns out to be important.
    - A lot of it is just ugly and overwhelming e.g. the registry, administrative tools, command prompt, organisation of files in the Windows and System folders etc.
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    Windows 7

    Pros:
    *Stable
    *Runs my apps
    *Has a greater range of computer games

    Cons:
    *Next OS isn't
    *Next OS will try not to in order to bleed me dry
    *Next OS will probably restrict the hell out of all games and will make you pay just to play online, aka connecting to a server/another person's computer through a service, i.e. the internet, that we already pay for.
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    (Original post by Snagprophet)
    Windows 7

    Pros:
    *Stable
    *Runs my apps
    *Has a greater range of computer games

    Cons:
    *Next OS isn't
    *Next OS will try not to in order to bleed me dry
    *Next OS will probably restrict the hell out of all games and will make you pay just to play online, aka connecting to a server/another person's computer through a service, i.e. the internet, that we already pay for.
    That last point isn't the OS, it's whoever developed or published the game.

    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my E15i
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    (Original post by A.J10)
    That last point isn't the OS, it's whoever developed or published the game.

    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my E15i
    I mean a subscription paying Xbox Live style system forced on PCs using Windows 8. I'm not on about World of Warcraft.
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    My main OS is Vista which is crap but lately I've been using Crunchbang and it's a pretty nice distro so I'll give some pros and cons.

    Pros
    + Extremely quick
    + Very minimalistic
    + Not difficult to use, even if you're new to Linux in general
    + Dark, easy on the eyes (good desktop environment)
    + Good choice of apps

    Cons
    - No update manager
    - Not exactly easy to install
    - Missing start menu (not exactly, you have to right-click the desktop but it's still annoying)
    - The scary disclaimer
    - Hard to customize compared to something like Ubuntu

    not my image
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    Which one do you want ?

    Windows Desktop (XP / 7)

    Windows Server (2003 / 2008)

    Centos
    Pro:
    Stable
    Good support life
    Con:
    Can be dated

    Fedora:
    Pro:
    More up to date than Centos
    Con:
    Short support life.
    Not always as stable

    Solaris (x86 - I have run Solaris sparc in the past)
    Pro:
    Very Stable (more so than Linux, MacOS)
    Excellent support for some new stuff - IPv6 support was way ahead of Linux/Windows/Mac
    Excellent filesystem ZFS (Being ported to other systems)
    Con:
    Less support for other hardware

    Most of the above stuff gets run in VMWare ESXi for experimentation. Mostly using trial or experimentation licenses.


    These don't get used much but I still have the machines:

    IRIX: (SGI Indigo 2)
    Pro:
    Good for graphic work (although slow these days)
    Con:
    System doesn't use PC standards - but then it's not a PC. (e.g. Graphics card uses a 13W3 connector)

    RiscOS 3.6: (RiscPC)
    Pro: Excellent graphical interface from 15 years ago - Same era as Windows 3.1
    Con: No longer developed.

    MOS: (BBC Master)
    Pro:
    Fastest booting OS ever - Booted before the screen can warm up / sync.
    Con:
    Very old system - Suffers from the Y2K bug!
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    Archlinux, I have it installed on both my desktop and laptop.

    Pros:
    Minimalist.
    Up to date packages.
    No need to compile everything (I'm looking at you, Gentoo..)
    Fast.
    Good support.
    Customisable in every way imaginable.

    Cons:
    Bleeding edge packages can cause the odd problem every now and again.
    Base Arch install can be a PITA
    Battery life is subpar in laptops.
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    Windows 7, Fedora, Ubuntu and Zenwalk Linux.

    Haven't used Fedora or Zenwalk for a while though and I'm using Ubuntu less and less (probably because it's summer break and not using multiple computer/laptops much in general). Often run via virtual machines.

    Apart from the usual pros/cons for linux, I have found programming and web development to be a lot easier with it than Windows.
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    (Original post by Jadrian)
    Archlinux, I have it installed on both my desktop and laptop.

    Pros:
    Minimalist.
    Up to date packages.
    No need to compile everything (I'm looking at you, Gentoo..)
    Fast.
    Good support.
    Customisable in every way imaginable.

    Cons:
    Bleeding edge packages can cause the odd problem every now and again.
    Base Arch install can be a PITA
    Battery life is subpar in laptops.
    You use arch as your main OS? I've used it to mess around with, but unless you really know what you're doing, updates can take you deep into dependency hell and mess up your installation.

    (Original post by mfaxford)
    Which one do you want ?

    Windows Desktop (XP / 7)

    Windows Server (2003 / 2008)

    Centos
    Pro:
    Stable
    Good support life
    Con:
    Can be dated

    Fedora:
    Pro:
    More up to date than Centos
    Con:
    Short support life.
    Not always as stable

    Solaris (x86 - I have run Solaris sparc in the past)
    Pro:
    Very Stable (more so than Linux, MacOS)
    Excellent support for some new stuff - IPv6 support was way ahead of Linux/Windows/Mac
    Excellent filesystem ZFS (Being ported to other systems)
    Con:
    Less support for other hardware

    Most of the above stuff gets run in VMWare ESXi for experimentation. Mostly using trial or experimentation licenses.


    These don't get used much but I still have the machines:

    IRIX: (SGI Indigo 2)
    Pro:
    Good for graphic work (although slow these days)
    Con:
    System doesn't use PC standards - but then it's not a PC. (e.g. Graphics card uses a 13W3 connector)

    RiscOS 3.6: (RiscPC)
    Pro: Excellent graphical interface from 15 years ago - Same era as Windows 3.1
    Con: No longer developed.

    MOS: (BBC Master)
    Pro:
    Fastest booting OS ever - Booted before the screen can warm up / sync.
    Con:
    Very old system - Suffers from the Y2K bug!
    Why do you prefer yum over apt? Just curious. And since you seem into experimenting with different operating systems, have you tried Plan 9?
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    (Original post by Daviant)
    Why do you prefer yum over apt? Just curious. And since you seem into experimenting with different operating systems, have you tried Plan 9?
    Mostly as I've been using Redhat (or Redhat based systems) for a long time so I know how the inner workings work. I've used ubuntu and gentoo a bit but never got on as well with them (mostly down to experience).
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    OS X Mountain Lion

    PROS
    1. Very fast at loading.
    2. As an iPad owner, I find the iCloud / Photo Stream integration useful.
    3. It's always been a pleasure to use Macs - No viruses.

    CONS
    1. I've got 4GB of ram, yet if I'm using Aperture, the "beach ball" seems to make an appearance at least every time I use the software - even if i'm not using anything else.
    2. Safari seems to like cutting the internet out after a short amount of time. I could be on the net and it'll suddenly stop working - a message saying cannot find server/you are not connected to the internet will appear, yet if I open Google Chrome, it all works fine.
    3. Having no "Save As..." button annoys me. If i'm writing something in Pages, and want to save the file somewhere else, or make a different version, I can't.
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    (Original post by Daviant)
    You use arch as your main OS? I've used it to mess around with, but unless you really know what you're doing, updates can take you deep into dependency hell and mess up your installation.
    You're more likely to end up in that situation if you don't update frequently. About once a week is good, if you leave it for too long, you can end up in some nasty places if several packages decide to make major changes (symlinks etc) and you do them all at once.

    To be honest, I quite like it when it makes me tinker with it, it can be fun learning more about your system.
    It's also so very nippy when using a lightweight wm like awesome or openbox.

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